December 10: Today, volunteers of Yuvsatta along with Eco club of St. Stephan’s School, Sector 45, Chandigarh organized a ‘Bird Count Contest’ for School students at Sukhna Lake. Fifty students of the School participated in the same in which Saurabh Kumar, Dy. Conservator of Forests, Chandigarh Administration was the chief guest.
An avid bird watcher Sarabjeet Kaur explained to students that Birds are critical links within the vast food chains and webs that exist in our ecosystem.
A team of five students of St. Stephan’s namely Namrata, Shiny, Tamanna, Amit Paul and Devashish won the contest with a tally of 162 birds they traced and counted at the regulator end. The birds found by them included Ruddish elder, Barheaded geese, Toughted duck, Black winged stilts, Eagrets, Common coot, Common pochard & Cormorants.
The Chief Guest Saurabh Kumar shared that the annual migration of thousands of migratory birds to Sukhna Lake is one of the nature’s most energetic and awe-inspiring phenomenon. And over the years there Department of Forest had made adequate arrangements for the birds to thrive and grow.